Merli Invitational

MATT DENTON Sayreville War Memorial High School’s Franklin Cruz wins his heat in the 400-meter dash at the Merli Invitational Dec. 26 at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River.

Lane has East Brunswick girls off to another strong start

EAST BRUNSWICK By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent Flash back to three seasons ago when the East Brunswick High School girls’ basketball team finished with a 3-17 record and a sixth consecutive losing season. Following that dismal campaign, Keith Lane, a longtime coach of boys teams in the district, was chosen to revive the once formidable program, …

SPORT SHORTS

The Edison Wizards Lacrosse Club is announcing registration for two boys teams: for grades 5-6 and grades 7-8. Players will learn to play lacrosse from experienced coaches and players. The cost of registration is $100. Players are required to supply their own equipment. Practice will be twice a week starting early March 2016. Games will …

Ice Breaker Wrestling Tournament

SCOTT FRIEDMAN South River High School’s Brandon Szerszen hangs on to defeat East Brunswick High School’s David Laureta in their 145-pound match at the Ice Breaker Wrestling Tournament at Old Bridge High School Dec. 19. Szerszen advanced, winning by a decision.

Young players expected to contribute for South River

By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent I t’s apparent that if South River High School’s boys’ basketball team is to win games this season, it will need to rely on the quick development of young, untested players. Head coach Rodney Harris, entering his seventh season, lists no fewer than three freshmen — Derrick Whitaker, Zachary Rafano and …

Bears’ Greenspan a standout in academics and athletics

By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent Sydney Greenspan It’s a busy and sometimes hectic life, but Sydney Greenspan is cruising along just fine. A senior at East Brunswick High School, Greenspan has more than kept up with what can only be described as a feverish pace, combining rigorous academics with an equally demanding extracurricular agenda. When it …

Falcons expect to be major state basketball threat

ST. JOSEPH By JIMMY ALLINDER Correspondent It would have been impossible for last season’s St. Joseph High School of Metuchen basketball team to top the previous year’s achievement. All the Falcons did in 2013-14 was win the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions and, in the process, send four scholarship starters to the college ranks, including Karl-Anthony …

SPORT SHORTS

The fourth annual Friends of South Amboy charity basketball games will be held Dec. 19 at South Amboy High School. The three games begin at 4 p.m. when South Amboy’s girls team plays Koinonia Academy. At 6 p.m. Perth Amboy Vo-Tech’s boys will take the court against Mater Dei Prep. In the nightcap at 8 …